In case you haven’t seen this! Combatting Educator Shortages Series continues TODAY, TOMORROW and WEDNESDAY at 4 PM

TODAY (4/25) at 4PM – The Council for Exceptional Children presents “Increased Compensation: State and District Efforts to Stabilize and Strengthen the Educator Workforce”

TOMORROW (4/26) at 4PM – “Its Not Always About the Pay: Establishing Supportive Working Conditions and Environments”

WEDNESDAY (4/27) at 4PM – “Establishing Supportive Working Conditions: Developing Inclusive Leaders”

REGISTER NOW  for each of these important webinars

Free Workshop! Making Connections Through Puppetry: Introductory Training for Professionals Working with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

We are pleased to announce our annual Part C & Part B convening! The session will be led by Lindsey “Z” Briggs, Jim Henson Foundation Manager and professional puppeteer and is grounded in recent research by Yale University. 

See the attached flier and use the link below to register.  Registration deadline is May 4thAfter registering you will receive a link to order a custom puppet free of charge.

https://serc.info/puppetry

Here they come! Convening to Assist in the 2022–23 Transition to Kindergarten and First Grade

The CSDE, Connecticut Association of Schools, and Connecticut Office of Early Childhood are hosting a virtual convening to be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 9:00-11:30 AM. During this convening, you will have the opportunity to learn with experts, teachers, and administrators as they share real-life examples and evidence-based best practices that they have found supported young children’s emotional well-being and skill development. You will leave with ideas, tools, and strategies that will assist you in planning for the transition of young children for the 2022-23 school year.

Click on the link to register: Webinar Registration – Zoom.

What Parents Should Know About Kindergarten Entry, Enrollment, and Attendance 

The Connecticut State Department of Education has developed a valuable downloadable resource for parents when considering kindergarten for their child. This family resource is available in both Spanish and English and addresses why your child should attend kindergarten and includes frequently asked questions about kindergarten entry, enrollment, and attendance.

You may view it using either of the following links:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/KindergartenBrochure.pdf  (ENGLISH)

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Early-Childhood/KindergartenBrochure_SPANISH.pdf  (SPANISH)

For additional information contact Andrea Brinnel, Ed.D. at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov

NEPSY-II® & D-KEFS® Training: Flexible Neuropsychological Measures for School Psychologists

NEPSY-II® & D-KEFS® Training: Flexible Neuropsychological Measures for School Psychologists sponsored by SERC – The State Education Resource Center of CT

(Full description and registration information at https://22-15-139.eventbrite.com)

This is a three (3) day event – Tuesday, March 29th, Wednesday, March 30th and Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Audience: Grades Pre-K to 12; School Psychologists

Presenter: Alexander E. Quiros, PhD, MBA

Description:

The NEPSY-II® (Korkman, Kirk, & Kemp, 2007) & D-KEFS® (Delis, Kaplan, & Kramer, 2001) measures allow clinical and school psychologists to create a tailored assessment across various domains: Executive Functioning & Attention, Language, Verbal vs. Non-verbal, Memory & Learning, Sensorimotor, Visual Processing, and Social Perception.

CSDE/RESC Alliance Introduction to Customized Employment (CE) in Connecticut – VIRTUAL

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is offering several FREE, virtual sessions of an Introduction to Customized Employment (CE) in Connecticut for special education teachers, providers, and administrators working with transition-age students with the most significant disabilities. Participants will understand the CE process in CT, learn about the components of CE, and become familiar with job discovery activities.

For additional information about this training and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the attached flyer: CSDE-RESC Alliance Introduction to Customized Employment in CT.

Please contact one of the RESC CE Trainers for questions or assistance with registration. Contact information can be found on the flyer.

Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Virtual Conference of Panel Discussions

The Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is hosting a virtual conference of panel discussions, Voices Across the Spectrum: The Transition to Adulthood from Various Perspectives, to bring together individuals on the spectrum, educators, parents, and professionals to discuss their experiences.

Date: April 1, 2022

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: VIRTUAL

Registration: https://bit.ly/2022ASDConference  

Questions can be directed to: Eileen Farmer, University Assistant, Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University by phoneat203-392-5929 or by email at farmere2@southernct.edu.

FREE Sparkler Application

The free Sparkler app can help Connecticut elementary schools and kindergarten teachers get to know incoming students, identify needs, and prepare for the new school year. Learn how your district can use Sparkler for FREE as part of your Kindergarten registration process to offer mobile Ages & Stages Questionnaires® as well as fun, off-screen, play-based learning activities that families can use to spark summer learning before school starts.  Please register using the link on the flyer found here: .

REMINDER: CT 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!

The CT 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium will continue to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to improve secondary transition planning and services for students with disabilities in order to Build Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

The Symposium will be held virtually, over the course of three consecutive Tuesdays to break up the event. 

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Keynote & Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Film Screening + Facilitated Q&A/Panel Discussion

Each of our breakouts offer sessions within three strands, based on the audience (i.e., youth, families, and educators/professionals). Please see the attached schedule of sessions for the event. 

See the symposium schedule here:

Click here to register for the Symposium.

If you have questions, please contact: Missy Wrigley, Consultant at the State Education Resource Center, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397, or by email at wrigley@ctserc.org.